Yolo County prosecutors will not refile attempted murder charges against Sonny Rudy Martinez in the near-fatal drive-by shooting of a West Sacramento girl in October, attorneys announced Tuesday as they vowed to continue to seek justice for the teenager.
“We feel terrible for what happened to Alize,” said Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens at the district attorney’s Woodland offices Tuesday. “We want justice for her, and we’ll continue to look at every lead and to anyone who has any information to pursue justice for her.”
A Yolo Superior Court judge had set a Tuesday court date for a review of a potential refiling of charges in the case. But Couzens said prosecutors had insufficient evidence to go forward.
Alize Valadez was resting on a sofa and watching movies with her grandmother Oct. 24 when bullets tore through a wall of their Solano Street home in West Sacramento in an apparent drive-by shooting. One of the bullets struck the then-13-year-old Valadez in the head. Her grandmother heard popping sounds from her bedroom and rushed into the living room to find Alize bleeding and slumped on the couch. She lingered in a coma for several weeks at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
Arrested in the shooting was Martinez, a 39-year-old Stockton resident with a violent past outlined in a pages-long criminal complaint at his Yolo Superior Court arraignment in late October.
But Yolo County District Attorney’s officials soon dismissed the charge and released Martinez from custody, citing insufficient evidence to go ahead with the case.
Now 14, Alize can neither walk nor speak and relies on a feeding tube.